Oncologist-approved cancer information from the American Society of Clinical Oncology
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Cervical Cancer

This section has been reviewed and approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 8/2012
After Treatment

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After treatment for cervical cancer ends, talk with your doctor about developing a follow-up care plan. This plan may include regular physical examinations and/or medical tests, such as pelvic examinations and Pap tests (see Diagnosis), to monitor your recovery in the coming months and years. Women treated for cervical cancer need regular follow-up appointments to make sure that the tumor is not recurring, but the risk of recurrence declines over time.

ASCO offers cancer treatment summary forms to help keep track of the cancer treatment you received and develop a survivorship care plan once treatment is completed.

Women recovering from cervical cancer are encouraged to follow established guidelines for good health, such as maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, eating a balanced diet, and having recommended cancer screening tests. Talk with your doctor to develop a plan that is best for your needs. For women who smoke, quitting smoking can help recovery and reduce the risk of cancer recurrence. Learn more about quitting smoking. Moderate physical activity can help rebuild your strength and energy level. Your doctor can help you create an appropriate exercise plan based upon your needs, physical abilities, and fitness level. Learn more about the next steps to take in survivorship, including making positive lifestyle changes.

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